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77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz

By Dean Koontz

I am the single, the all and the one. I dwell within the Pendleton as without doubt as I reside far and wide. i'm the Pendleton's heritage and its future. The construction is my position of perception, my monument, my killing floor. . . .

The Pendleton stands at the summit of Shadow Hill on the maximum aspect of an previous heartland urban, a Gilded Age palace inbuilt the past due 1800s as a tycoon's dream domestic. nearly from the start, its grandeur has been scarred by means of episodes of insanity, suicide, mass homicide, and whispers of items some distance worse. yet on account that its rechristening within the Seventies as a luxurious condominium development, the Pendleton has been at peace. For its lucky residents--among them a profitable songwriter and her younger son, a disgraced ex-senator, a widowed legal professional, and a pushed cash manager--the Pendleton's impressive quarters are a sanctuary, its darkish previous all yet forgotten.

But now inexplicable shadows caper throughout partitions, protection cameras relay very unlikely pictures, phantom voices mutter in unusual tongues, not-quite-human figures lurk within the basement, elevators plunge into unknown depths. With each one passing hour a terrifying simple task grows: no matter what drove the Pendleton’s earlier occupants to their unspeakable fates is at paintings back. And as nightmare visions develop into actual, as a perilous tide starts off to engulf them, the folk at seventy seven Shadow highway will locate the foremost to humanity’s destiny . . . in the event that they can continue to exist to take advantage of it.

Includes the bonus novella The Moonlit Mind.

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What are they doing? it’s all right, it’s just the cat. He must have followed me here. indd 55 13/05/2010 14:56 What did you do that for! it wasn’t a fox! it’s just the farm cat! There are things happening – things you wouldn’t believe. Come to my farm tomorrow morning, ten o’clock. Turn left when you come out of Hive Hall! Just a cat? it was Asmodeus! Mrs Deverill’s cat! We can’t talk here! Not now! I’ve tried finding my way around these lanes – they just end up where I began. That’s right – you can only go where they want you to.

Could I have a private word with you, officer? indd 64 13/05/2010 14:56 You ought to know that wasting police time is a very serious business. I’m telling the truth. if you had any sense, you’d be grateful and stop trying to draw attention to yourself. I understand you’ve been in trouble a few times before. You’re with the LEAF project. Go back to Hive Hall. Mrs Deverill is waiting for you. I don’t want to see or hear from you again. To hell with her! You can’t escape from us, Matthew – there’s nowhere you can go!

I was here ten minutes ago – and he was dead! Go look in the bedroom! You’ll have to Yes – you do that. indd 63 What the– 13/05/2010 14:56 Good morning. I’m Ken, Ken Rampton. How long have you been here? Can I help you? Since about half past eight. I’m helping Tom with the decorating. He looked in about fifteen minutes ago to see how I was doing and then left – something to do with a sheep. He’s lying! And they’ve painted over the message! We won’t waste any more of your time, sir. And as for you – I think we should have a word outside.

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